A Unique Experience.
RECOVERING ADDICTS TREATING ADDICTS
Clinical – Outpatient
Howard C. Samuels, PsyD
FOUNDER and CEO
32 years in recovery
Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.
Dr. Samuels specializes in the treatment of mood and addictive disorders, love addiction and substance abuse intervention. Dr. Samuels has been clean and sober for 31 years from heroin and cocaine addiction.
As the son of a prominent New York state political figure, Howard’s private battle with addiction became public when his drug busts in 1969 and 1971 hit the front pages of the New York Post and New York Daily News, and were covered in Newsweek and Rolling Stone magazine.
As a columnist with The Huffington Post, Howard comments on the epidemic crisis of drugs and alcohol in America. His testifying before the California Senate Public Safety Commission resulted in legislation prohibiting the sale to minors of the dangerous hallucinogenic Salvia.
Howard is widely sought after by network television shows such as ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s The Today Show, CBS, CNN, Entertainment Tonight and many more as well as syndicated radio programs for his professional and personal experience with recovery.
David A. George
David A. George, Chairman, of The Hills Treatment Center is one of the nation’s most experienced and accomplished healthcare industry executives.
Over the past 30 years, George has held key executive positions with businesses focused on the management and delivery of healthcare services to the nation’s largest payers. Prior to joining The Hills, George served as chairman and CEO of Healthcare Solutions, a leading healthcare services company providing technology based healthcare solutions to the nation’s largest payers in the property and casualty market.
George served as president of AdvancePCS, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager and health services company, and as a director and executive vice president of the predecessor company, Advance Paradigm, Inc.
George also served as executive vice president of United Healthcare, a leading health plan and managed healthcare services company. Prior to United Healthcare, George served as president of The Prudential’s southeastern healthcare division, and led the healthcare industry’s early development and adoption of broad based managed healthcare programs.
Bruce Turner, M.A.
28 years in recovery
Bruce Turner has a M.A. in Marriage Family Therapy and has been working as an addiction specialist with dual diagnosed clients both in residential treatment settings and private practice for over fifteen years.
Bruce’s experience includes extensive work with clients individually as well as in the group process for addiction education, relapse prevention, grief counseling, and multi-family process groups.
Prior to working in treatment, Bruce has over twenty-three years experience in health care administration including Human Resources Administration and Employee Assistance Programs.
Jorja Davis, LMFT
FAMILY THERAPIST/ADDICTION SPECIALIST
28 years in recovery
Jorja Davis has been a leader in the field of addiction both in the private and public sector for the last 26 years. Jorja brings to The Hills her wide expertise with children, adults and families.
Jorja has been trained by the area’s leading specialists in addiction, psychiatry and neurology. Parents and family members who have attended Jorja’s addiction 101: “lectures for the family” have often said how easily accessible the information is and exclaimed “how come no one ever told me this before?”
“Addiction is a disease” is not just a marketing phrase for The Hills. With the help of Jorja Davis’ neurological understanding, clients and families can attain an understanding of gaining one of the keys to sobriety – emotional intelligence.
25 years in recovery
James Wilson is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (C.A.D.C.) II CA with over 25 years of personal and professional experience in treatment and recovery. Born and raised in Los Angeles, James recovered from his own addiction and immediately went to work helping others find their way back into the light. He started by working in the non-profit sector providing service for those in the criminal justice system. Working as a drug and alcohol counselor, James developed connections within the Prop 36, Drug Court and Prison Systems to help his new wards reintegrate back into the community and reincorporate the newly clean and sober back into their brand new lives. It is this penchant for redirecting addicts and alcoholics to keep them on track which makes James such an invaluable member of our team.
Working as a Case Manager, James Wilson helps our clients fulfill their newfound potential while standing by and behind them as they take the actions necessary to build the new lives afforded them by their recovery. “No one ends up in treatment overnight”, James explains, “It’s a process. And so is recovery.
It takes time, and our job – our mission – is to help the newcomer walk through this process without enabling them. This way, they get the esteem and satisfaction of creating something real that they can call their own, all while feeling safe and supported.”
Vanessa Moses, CADC-II
9 years in recovery
The Hills is staffed with several of the most remarkable men and women in recovery that you will likely ever be able to meet, and Vanessa Moses is one of them. Her primary motivation was the loss of her son, who was removed from her care by the Department of Child and Family Services when she was still ensconced in her addiction. It was a devastating blow, to be sure, but it led her to a women and children’s residential facility in January of 2007 where she remained for 7 months. She moved to a sober living house afterward and was eventually given the opportunity to work at that same non-profit facility as a Facility Monitor. Her immersion in the program earned her the return of her son and also afforded her the realization that she wanted a long-term career in helping others like herself.
Vanessa was awarded a scholarship to go back to school and she enrolled in an Alcohol and Drug Studies Program where she obtained her certification while also becoming a certified Domestic Violence Advocate. Moses continued to work at the women and children’s facility for 6 years, during which she quickly rose through the ranks becoming first their Lead Substance Counselor and then their Program Coordinator for 4 years. She also worked with the Criminal Justice Population as a Prop 36 Counselor, helping women establish themselves as prominent members of society while maintaining a bent toward Independent Living.
Vanessa’s tireless work at a Forensic Outpatient Agency on Skid Row for 18 months gained her more experience with the co-occurring disorder population and garnered our attention which led to her becoming the IOP Supervisor for The Hills, a position that makes her the proverbial face of our Outpatient Center, and the first compassionate hand that welcomes you.
Isaac Reddick III
23 years in recovery
Isaac Reddick III has over a decade of experience in helping people stay clean and sober. His formidable resume reflects his commitment to providing real support to our clients, having worked his way up from a Technician-level care provider to the coveted role of Residential Supervisor, which rendered him the eyes and ears of the treatment center he called home before ultimately landing at The Hills.
In addition to his more than twenty years of clean and sober time, Isaac is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Indeed, it is his empathy for our clients that makes him uniquely qualified to remain a part of their lives as The Hills’ Alumni Coordinator. Add to this his irreverent sense of humor and penchant for intuiting a client’s need for attention, and it is easy to see why many of our past and current clients look to Isaac for strength and support as they venture forth into the bold new lives which await them.
Tracy Monteverde, LVN
18 years in recovery
Tracey Monteverde’s worked in treatment since 1999 with a special interest in detoxing patients. Her formidable intellect and warm-but-no-nonsense bedside manner makes her uniquely qualified to walk clients at The Hills through the process of getting clean and sober. Her dedication to our clients’ well-being is without equal, and she will often times continue to work with the clients long after treatment in order to help them coordinate their health and medications. Her extensive background in Private Detox, Non-Profit Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Psychiatric Hospitals and High-End Substance Abuse Facilities affords her an empathy that enables her to not only connect with our clients, but genuinely care for them as they embark upon the road to recovery.
Alana Tsipris, LVN
The war on addiction is not one without casualties. As friends began to suffer and die from heroin overdoses, Alana Tsipris surveyed the wreckage of her life and realized that she was standing at a ground zero of her own holocaust, and that it was time for her to take action. Having become a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 2010, Alana left a nursing position at American United Health Care and went to work at Malibu Horizon rehab in Malibu where she quickly began to make a difference.
Clients responded to her warm, and affable nature and it wasn’t long before she found herself in a leadership position at yet another prestigious Malibu facility, Pacific Coast Detox. As her reputation as an LVN in the treatment community garnered more and more positive attention, Alana struggled to keep her eye on the prize. “I knew that I was helping people”, she explains, “but my friends were still overdosing and I needed to feel as though I were really making a difference. And, I couldn’t do that way out in Malibu. I needed to be on the frontlines.” She found those frontlines here at The Hills in the summer of 2014, bringing a fresh perspective on client care with her. And it is a perspective that not only augments The Hills’ already-high standards, but also guarantees that you and your loved ones get what you need to win your own battles against the disease of addiction. “This is just my way of making sure that no one has to go through the pain and loss that I’ve gone through”, Alana adds. “It’s my small way of making a difference”.
Business & Administration
Doree E. Cambas
11 years in recovery
Doree Cambas began her career in treatment 12 years ago as an administrative assistant at a high-end treatment facility, but soon branched out and quickly assumed other roles and duties. Fueled only by a voracious appetite for challenge and the need to contribute more, Doree found herself rocketing through titles as she went from Technician to Office Manager to Quality Assurance Coordinator to Executive Assistant and Operations Manager. Eventually, she found herself here at The Hills, serving as the company’s Director of Operations, where she managed the full range of administrative, logistical and operational duties in a wide variety of program areas including human resources, financial, budgeting, information technology, property management and procurement.
Today, acting as Executive Vice President for The Hills, Doree oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, manages a multitude of budgets and works hand-in-hand with both the company’s Owner as well as the Program Director to develop and direct programs designed to meet the needs of our clientele, vendors, constituents, staff, and District and Federal Agencies. Her devotion to her husband and child and her affable spirit are paramount only to her need to serve our clients as they make ready to transform their lives and do what she, herself, has already done: Achieve the Impossible.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
13 years in recovery
When he was Director of Admissions, Oren Pius was grateful to have the opportunity to help addicts and alcoholics find the right rehab. Serving as The Hills’ first point of contact for many families, Oren worked around the clock to reach out to callers and literally help them get help for themselves or their loved ones. A recovering addict himself, he spent ten years of his life as a slave to his addiction to Heroin, Cocaine and Methadone before ultimately getting clean and sober himself. In 2003, Pius began working in treatment, first as a clinical assistant, and then as director of operations, call center manager, and residential supervisor before finding his niche with insurance billing and marketing, where he acted as a vital liaison between insurance companies and our clients, making him an essential part of every addict and alcoholic’s recovery process. As Executive Vice President of The Hills, Oren continues his tireless tradition of counseling families and paving the way for treatment for addicts and alcoholics who, like himself, were lost and in desperate need of a way out of the nightmare of addiction. Championing the cause of anyone who wants to turn their lives around, Oren remains steadfast in his conviction that, no matter who they are, and no matter how many times they’ve tried and failed, every addict deserves a shot at redemption.
ADMISSIONS SPECIALIST / GRAPHICS
11 years in recovery
With over a decade of working in the treatment field, Gary applies a wide variety of experience to help us seek to achieve our mission statement by incorporating his knowledge of drug/alcohol addiction, marketing, and business management. Recently, he was also added to the admissions team and management department and has been with the company since inception.
A business marketing graduate, Gary Hackett also uses his specialized training in graphics arts, internet advertising and Search Engine Optimization to head The Hills Treatment’s online marketing department. Gary is well versed in many computer languages and programs, and also creates a number of different marketing materials you may have seen in publications or online.
HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER
“Each of us must work for their own improvement, while at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity.” -Marie Curie
Growing up, Shawn Monterroso’s mother always reiterated that, “We are all God’s Children”, which instilled within her a deep appreciation and respect for the concept of, “People helping people”. Her career began in consumer sales and services where she developed the skill set of uniting management with their staff and employees to the benefit of the corporation, thus building strong teams for success. This penchant for investigating and resolving conflict led to Shawn’s career as a Human Resources Manager. “My favorite part of working at The Hills is connecting with the people”, she says. “I take great pleasure providing a shoulder to lean on or even financial guidance as our employees wind their ways through the daunting tasks set before them”. Whether it be simple things like negotiating health benefits through our insurance carriers, resolving problems with management, or the complicated process of walking new hires through enrollment in our 401K plan, Shawn Monterroso does it all with a welcoming smile and an understanding ear.
A healthy working environment, she believes, is the first step toward enabling the staff at The Hills to better serve the clients themselves. A force to be reckoned with, Monterroso’s areas of responsibility include recruitment and staffing, benefits, classification and compensation, learning and development, employee relations and career services, payroll, information management, and leadership development, as well as non-academic aspects of the faculty personnel system. This, of course, makes her both the team’s Disciplinarian and “Den Mother”, and we are honored to have her with us.
Toni Kells, M.A. CATCIV
INSURANCE UTILIZATION MANAGER
17 years in recovery
With over a decade and a half of recovery under her belt, Toni Kells is practically a force of nature. Looking at her credentials, one would honestly think that there is nothing she cannot do, which is why The Hills is so proud to have her on our team. Toni began working in treatment in 2003 and began carving a path of accomplishments almost immediately thereafter. She has been a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor for 10 years with special certifications in Anger Management and Domestic Counseling.
In 2012, she earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. With these credentials in hand, Kells went on to work in high-end private treatment, non-profit treatment specializing in co-occurring disorders, evidence based treatment and best practices. She cut her teeth with a stint working with the criminal justice population and acquired an edge that addicts not only relate but truly respond to. Her experience working with Insurance Utilization Review in 2007 with the world renowned rehab Cri-Help, however, made her the perfect candidate to head our own Insurance Review Departments. Having worked closely with commercial insurance agencies such as Kaiser, United Health Care, Pacific Care, Blue Shield, and Magellan, Toni developed relationships and a street-smart savvy that makes treatment for almost everyone possible while assuring that we remain in compliance with CARF, JCAHO and State Standards, as well as DMH documentation.